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a long campaign is now over. i have learned from you.and youl reports" four more years. wing states and pledges to bri the country together. >> i believe we can seize this future together.4v because we are not as politics. we're not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more an a collection of red states and blue states, we are and forever will be, the united states of america. >> and in a brief speech notable for its civility, governor
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romney called for unity in tisan bickering and posturing. our reach across the aisle to do the people's rk citizens have to rise to the occasion. >> but will they? can the two sides come together? plus, more women entered the all men's club. mostly men's club. >> elected first woman senate from the state oftts. >> a reco women senators. vernor, both senators, and the house members, now all they' still cog not again. nine d a/qy's, the east coast is getting another had hit, threatening to cause new flooding and power outages in the same areasicane. good day. i'm andrea mitchell, the day after, live in new york. who be a close contest ended as a resoundingco
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president obama. after a hard-fought race spanning two years, so what should we now expect from a second term? joining me now for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post and karen, national political correspondent fors the.! "washington post," well astime's" senio correspondent michael crowley. we thanks so much. well, our daily fix, what are you looking at, chris cizilla, wh are the lessons youed lookin yo come? >> well, i mean let's talk first about lessons lear andrea. i would say republicans, to blame mitt romney for this loss in some ways misses the point. if you look at the be what you see is republicans have large-scale structural issues with coalition. they mitt romney got 27f hispa barack obama got 71%f
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hispanic vote nationally. women made up 53% of the electorate. there was an 11-point gender gap for bara o republican - won the white vot by 20 points, but it was, he ump tooentrow, a overall electorate. it's a dangerous game they arei party knew that before this election. if they didn't before this election, they certainly know now. i would point you to a statement marco rubio, senator from a, re morning basically saying we need we haveorsee, though, how the of the republican party reacts because that is not been a message thatee to in terms of loosening up ton their focus on immigration in the past two years. >> not at all. in fact, to the contrary. karen, youe been out on bothart
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ported as well and today again, conservative republicans saying it is all mitt romney's fault, he should have been mor conservatives, others in the pay saying we have to rethink our future. is this going civ war? >> i think that we've seen this happen in other parties. it's certainly the democratic arty certainly went through a 1988 election, after the 1996 election. there is something about losing kind of dential races in a row moment to a party, and i think when the republins look at the tensions wnd thethey've two senate races thatu n missoui and in indiana. they nominated candidates who were justro0/oo
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states. if you look back over the last two elections you could say that about five senate seats. this is not just a presidential problem it's a problem upnd down the ballot for republican rty. >> crowley, what have we learned about bk reflect probably his best speech of the whole campaign season. whatavbout him? what tells us how he's going to govern? whether he will circle, whether he will shake up the cabinet. and most importantly reach out and do a better job ofg to get around or work with those opposing him# vigorously in congre? that's still the big $64,000 questif course the longer has to run for
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re-election again. he has to care about the fate of his party, who his successor is, but he's not going to have to spend the next four years in a handful of swing states four years hence. that could driving a little more aggressively, ta t more aggressive. but that didn't really work so well the first tim around. i really think the key question here actually,th the economy? imagi the economyction and we start to have a president takes credit ffor, peopl credit, he will takere of polit capital, might help next round of midterm ld decide the next term m than anything. as far as whether he reaches out or fights, the tone in that sp typical of what you would get in a
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speech like that and i think the jury is still a little out on how he's going to play it. >> fair point. what he said to s /moines register" when he thout he was not speaking on in the f evenal org w. bush mccain afokd under pressure. so now that he's got a to be th great , you kn, i talked to white house officials yesterday who said cthat, you know, you look at the two of the tkbig issues pike, his mountush more president, one is potentially reform and the other is tax and white house, at least, is much more optimistic after this election the republicans are going to be ess so a entitlement
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reform. >> andrea -- >> i was going to ask whether the republicans h lessons, the women inheq martinez, susan as a of th o a lot of thf the republicanoutdn vision some of the democratic governors and have more diver >> it's a good point inerms of who will lead.4 someone will lead and and whetherccessful or will lead a speak power to the base andundezo2utand what you don't want to break from principle butt na
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you value. you look at and i know it's the day after 2012, i don't want to k,at theoslot of the names you are governors. ceormer governor j an indian american from south carolina, bobby jindal, indianuisiana, su, there are a lot of different faces in the party that may push for diffent policies f party. the question is, can they getan. in my experience meeting republican voters, no issue again rated theity of immigrati for conservatives. this is a painful a#rnd potentially body argument for much.k you sohave. karen and chris, everybody get karen anights areeverybody get beginning k you. and 163 women senate seats.
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highest number of women senators in american history. at least 19, penng results, final results from the north dakota contest. joining me is the c democratic senatorial comm sena murray. congratulations are in order. everyone is saying you recruited ther good candidates, got of luck two se a littlee bit of luck republican male candidates who really offended a lot of people with their comments on rape. but the wins were there for the democrats. >> well, i think a lot of good things came together and the most important thi iseople saidd from joe donnelly in indiana to tim kaine in virginia to all the great women you mentioned including heidi heiden camp who's going t what their common base was that t to
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we move forward in a positive direction and thatreat message out of the wins across the board, is thepg democratic party hasaid this country needs to work every step of the way. they do that and we can all move forward. to some of the women's issues, issues of concern to people with ceain values, women and men, when weack to being able to testifyo t what foster friess said to me about putting an aspirin between your legs, there re a series of34 moments, do you think that had anything to do with your recruitment of these candidates and some of these
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senate races or was this a largerither the economy or access to health care? what do you think was driving the races? >> i think it's a combination of women who are paying attention to whether or not government is going to make critical decisions about their ownealth care and the economic impact of that. really we saw this begin back months ago, almost at the beginning of the time when the the house and the first few bills were trying to put a budget together so government wouldn't shut down boehner said on the table between us and having the government shut was parenthood. he made it a budget decision. that began theyb awakening amont women about what was happening in the republican party and i think again that is an issue that the republican party has to look at.
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we have elected candidatesacros make sure we do focus on jobs and critical challenges that we face and aren't going to divert to a social agenda. that's been a strong message ou to make sure government is working for them. >> patty mu day after. >> and adding insult to injury for this area, the nor'easter is here, now picking up steam, expected to bring winds, already there is a heavy wet snow falling in thesereas on trees that could jeopardize power lines again. jim canner to is jersey, ji how long is this going to last? what's going to be the worst of it for these people who have suffered? >> i think we have to go through tomorrow morning to be host. in my wildest dreams i never thought i would be covering a land falling hurricane nine days ago and a snowstorm today. this is absolutely wild here.
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let me show you what's going on in scope here. take the camera down to point pleasant beach where mike seidel is, and where we've had the wave action come in. enough so they had too use a lot of heavy the beaches. what would normally be a little wave action and one to three feet has a chance of causing fuher erosion and wash out and even bringing the water up to some of the homes. they've been spend issing 24 to 36 hours trying to shore up thake sure we don't get any more water intrusion. that's the first thing. second thing is, we got snow in new york city coming down right now. light snow reported. a camera from a ban of snow up into southwest connecticut that could rotate down right over new york city and produce heavier area of snow. the national weather service in new york has upgraded that area to a winter weather advisory. one to three inches on the grassy areas and in some of the building tops is not out of the question here. in trenton, we've got a mixture
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of sleet and snow, nothing heavy at the present time but the radar is showing some very intense snow up across connecticut. near hartford, bristol, waterbury, those areas have accumulating snow. i've seen pictures on the interstate where it is accumulating on the roads. the is intensity of the snow is key, andrea. wherever it falls whether philadelphia, new york, hoboken, hartford, if it comes down fast enough, for a long enough period of time, there are going to be problems on the roads and there are going to be additional power outages. back to you. >> jim c much for the warnings, i think. say it isn't so. and up next, michael feldman ifan michaels with a full election night debrief. stay with us. [ man ] ring ring... progresso
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was it a superior ground game, better message, chris christie's embrace or bill clinton's charm? joining me former senior adviser to al gore, michael feldman and michael gerson former adviser to george w. bush. welcome both. what a night it was. some surprises. michael feldman, what surprised you the most? the president really ran the table in the battleground states with the exception of north carolina, i mean it was a more impressive victory than i would have predicted from that respect. it was thorough and, you know, look, i mean i think the president's campaign, the president's campaign had a strategy and they executed it
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flawlely and the results were evident last night. it was a really impressive victory. >> michael gerson, were they just beaten. >> were the republicans beaten by a better ground game and more mathematical targeted approach or is there something fundamentally flawed in the republican strategy in the way they ran the primaries and ignored the demographic changes in america? >> i think it goes deeper than the ground game. this is a case where the largest republican problem is they looked at this election and thought that the 2010 election was a trend. it seems more like an aberratithe natural state of th election in 2012 is more like 2008. you have to appeal to the electorate you have, not the electorate you would want. and that's going to require significant changes in a variety of areas for the republican party. i think democrats were prepared for the change after the reagan/bush era made changing with bill clinton.
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republicans were prepared after the clinton era, made changes with george bush andú compassionate conservatism. the question is if republicans can after eight years of barack obama make a similar kind of change and, you know, we'll pro few years. >> you're hearing already, what i'm hearing is, what could lead to a civil war, where conservatives say mitt romney wasn't conservative enough, and where other republican leaders which was so skewed to the right, really hurt us on issues like immigration. andrea, look, i think michael makes a great point about just the fundamental changes in the electorate. if you look at states like nevada and colorado, and virginia specifically northern virginia, and florida along the i-4 corridor, the changes to the electorate are facing the republican party in a stark way. president bush realized this and
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michael and his team and there was significant outreach to the latino community in understanding that the party needed to evolve in that some of those lessons were lost and the devicesive ideological primary that mitt romney made, proposed the dream act to beat rick perry has cost him in the election. there will be that conversation and a loud conversation in the republican party but look, that's what elections do. they teach you lessons. i think michael is right, the party will have that conversation internally and i believe they will be competitive moving forward because they don't have a choice. >> go ahead. >> i think it's a one-sided conversation because if you get 27% of the hispanic vote, you cease to be a national party moving forward. i think most smart republicans will get that. there will be disagreement on how you respond to that but this is one area where mitt romney unfortunately deserved what he
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got. that wasn't always true in every case in this election but he demagogue this issue in separate election cycles against five opponents including rick perry this last time around. that came back to hurt him. it puts people like jeb bush and marco rubio in a commanding leadership position on these issues. the party should and i hope will look to them for signals on how to deal with this. >> michael gerson, thank youh t can congress break the gridlock? pat toomey and joe manchin. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. why do we have aflac...
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some in his party along the way. senator manchin joins me now. congratulations on your re-election, senator, and i know it's -- >>hank you. appreciate it. >> but you didn't say up until the last minute whom you were going to vote for. you are a democrat. can we ask, did you vote for barack obama? >> here's the thing that we've talked about, the election this has been so divisive and we're thinking aboute and bringing the country together and i'm committed to working with the president to rebuild this country and i will do the same if governor romney would have. it's time we start healing the country and and pat and i have worked across the line on bills, cosponsored it. we have to start healing and bringing this country together. >> what were your concerns about the president? why were you reluctant to endorse him? >> i didn't feel compelled. i had problems with the fiscal cliff that we face. i really feel we can do more and should do an awful lot more to
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try to bring some balance to that. we've got to be able to come together and i'm all in on the bowles-simpson approach temple we've talked about and been working on. also the environmental and energy policy. i want a balance between the economy and environment and i've spoken loud and clear. use all the resources in our great country and the most the mix. that'ssial, natural gas, developing your solar and your wind and your renewables and fuels of the future. you can't disregard one that's a tremendous base load as coal is right now and i'm just saying, just meet us half way, come to try to understand what we're trying to do. our little state of west virginia has contributed tremendous amounts of this great country and the growth and the prosperity of this country. we want to be able to continue that in a balanced way. >> the president won ohio. he won pennsylvania.
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he won other coal states. so why are your concerns, are they unique to west virginia? because the other states voted to re-elect him. >> it's -- you know, it's not just the co it's the whole energy. you have to have an energy policy. and i'm willing to work with him. i've tried to. i believe the epa has overreached. when the president was a u.s. senator we had great relationships talking about illinois and west virginia, the concerns we had and the things we agreed upon and the things we thought we can improve upon. i want to get back to that same type of relationship and start moving forward in a real positive way. >> have you had any outreach to the white house? do you think you can work with them? >> i just heard from the vice president,e just calledt very m. i can absolutely work with him. >> what did joe biden say to you? >> i've always been willing to work. >> he called andand said we hav working and coming together and rehealing this nation.
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i agree 1,000 president. he comes from a pennsylvania, my sister state next door to me, and be we have a lot in common so he's been a good friend and we've had a lot of conversations and i enjoy working with him. >> he didn't happen to mention 2016, did he? >> not to me he didn't, no. >> there was a hint of that the other day. thank you very much. >> i would, i would like -- i'm just saying rebuild america, time to come together, and i'm totally committed. i will do everything i can to work across the ai i'm the most bipartisan centrist senator in the senate right now and i'm going to continue to work with my colleagues on both sides. >> thank you very much joe manchin, good to see you, from west virginia. >>it. president obama said he would be talking to mitt romney about what the republicans can do about fixing the fiscal cliff and sator pat tombeny now
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do you think that mitt romney is the person that the president needs to be speaking to? is is he the leader of the republican party? >> will, i think it would be terrific if president obama would speak to mitt romney. mitt romney had a lot of very good constructive ideas to get us on the right path. i'm not so sure that that's going to be an extremely fruitful conversation, but it's a good place to start. ha concerns? you've always been a fiscal conservative yet at the same time, republican leaders, mitch mcconnell indicated that there is no give no compromise is going to be possible, that was the signal in his statement last night. don't republicans and democrats and the white house have to start over and try to build some trust? >> well, andrea, first of cteri mcconnell's views that way. i don't know what statement you're referring to. let's remember the actual history. i was there.
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i was a member of the super committee. and when the democrats insisted they had to have a trillion dollar tax increase even though that doesn't solve the problem i agreed to meet them half way and they left the table. willing. we've been willing to be very reasonable and flexible. what we're saying is let's solve the actual problem, the problem we that are growing too fast. no government program can grow faster than the economy indefinitely and we have a whole bunch of them doing exactly that. if the democrats will come to the table and work with us -- and i hope they will. now that the election is over,p politics aside, at least for a little while and get to work on this, because i think we're living on borrowed time. we have to get the spending under control. >> senator, you well recall that early debate where the candidates at least for the nomination were asked, would you accept $10 in spending cuts for $1 in tax increases and they all said no.
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is that kind of a deal that you would consider? would you consider any kind of tax increases if it's balanced by enough spending cuts. >> andrea -- as i just said, the deal that i put on the table put new revenue on the table. the democrats asked for a trillion dollars. that was just way too much. it would be damaging to the economy. but i agreed to offer half of that provided that it come in the context of pro growth tax reform. at the end of the day, we really need to get this economy moving. so i think that sensible and responsible thing to do is to solve our fiscal problem in a way that actually encourages economic growth, not discouraging it. you know, i know the optimal way to solve this problem is n with any additional tax increase, but if that's a price we have to pay, in order to actually solve the problem, as long as it comes in the context of pro growth tax reform, it's something we've considered in the past and we would be willing consider. >> senator pat toomey, thanks so much. from pennsylvania. >> thanks for having me.
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you get rain and sleet and a wintry mix as the weather channel likes to call it, a slushy mess hitting your face which is not fun. this town got totally devastated from sandy. they're already starting to flood here and this rain has been coming down here. this is a business di ocean avenue. every one of the businesses was destroyed by sandy. there are 1500 people in this town and they say every home was affected in one way or the other. minor flooding all the way to major structural damage. this is only adding insult to injury especially for them. right behind me or behind the camera, turning around right now, that's a 20-foot berm they're trying to build, trying to finish it off before the worst of the storm hits. they're hoping that's going to protect them from the ocean on that side. the thing about sea bright whic nor'easters is that -- and rain storms like this, it's only blo. we have the ocean right here.
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right past that sand berm you can't see. swing it back around, sorry if we're getting you, that's the river down there. so they get flooded on literally both sides. and they're worried this and take away what sandy did manage to leave behind and they're hoping it's going to pass by without any major problems. andrea? >> katie, thanks to you and thanks to your camera crew for this very graphic description of how vulnerable those folks are. >> we have a great crew out here. can't ask for anything more. >> good luck to you out there and all the good people of sea bright. >> and as the day of soul searching for republicans across the country, some saying they need to rethink their nomination process and many just trying to figure out how did they blow another chance to retake the senate. joining me now is charlie cook, founder of the cook political report, who understands everything about everything that happened last night. charl
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charlie, how did they come up with todd akin and richard mourdock and completely blow two senate seats? >> the first -- let me ask you, andrea, i got up at 5:30 this morning in a hotel room in new york and you were already on "morning joe." did you get any sleep? >> no. but then that's what you can tell, as we've been going straight through. >> i'm just checking. i think you're on tv when i went to bed at 2:00 a.m. and you were there when i got up at 5:00. yeah, i mean here's the remarkable thing. at the cook political report, and j duffy is our senate editor we had ten races in tossup and it now looks like republicans will have won nine out of -- excuse me democrats will have won nine out of ten. there were five democratic seats, five republican seats. nine out of ten. >> now as you know, you and and we have declared the -- that john tester has overnight won in montana which was a tough race for him. the democratic incumbent. what do you think is hpening
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with heidi high camp? >> i'm hearing she's ahead. don't know for sure. you know, we know that even in nonwave years, the toss up races don't break down the middle, two-thirds one way or one third the other. whatever is -- if you have a bunch of races within a point or two, that last gust of wind, one way or the other, kind of tips them over. nine out of ten, wow. at's really, really quite something. and the take away for me is that you had an election where moderate democrats like joe donnelly -- senate candidates like joe donnelly in indiana and hei heidi hide cam p and she pulls ahead and they were able to win, moderate republican counterparts
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running in -- excuse me running in blue states like scott brown in massachusetts, like linda edgele in hawaii, they were not able to win and i put that as brand damage. you had a great panel on earlier that talked about how the republican brand is so badly damaged right now, that even their moderates can't win if they're in enemy districts while democratic moderates can win when they're in enemy districts. that goes back to this retooling that republicans just have to do if they're going to be competitive in the future in terms of demographics and in terms of social and cultural issues. >> of course, democrats are still challenged. they picked up seats but they're challenged in the house. there's a lot of talk about what's going to happen with the house democratic leadership. what are you hearing about nancy pelosi and whether she's going to hang in or turn the leadership over to someone else? >> i'm not hearing anything, but to me the two most likely
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options for minority leader pelosi, a, she decides to leave soon like before their leadership elections later this month, or the second option is maybe she decides to stay around into early next year, to get through the budget deal, and then leave after that. but i can't imagine that she'll be leader or even a member of congress two years from now, that she'll step aside. does she do it sooner or later? if she does or when she does, do democrats go for -- do they go for steny hoyer, sort of a moderate, practicigmatic well l guy nueride to skip and go for generational change and skip down and go with a younger person but three or four in that group. >> lots of changes even though it was a status quo election with the republicans keeping the house, democrats keeping the
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senate, put a lot of internal mackie nations at the same time. thank you very much. up next, we have nbc's tom brokaw on the lessons learned from 2012. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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we're in awe with it. i never see you without that in your hand. we used it last night. the mantra in silicon valley is be disruptive. change convention, challenge it. do things in a new way to adapt to the new world. and while we're all in awe of that and use it and spend money on it, when it comes to the other parts of our life, we're playing by the old rules and the republican party and this campaign especially was playing by the old rules. they got trapped in the primary season if which week after week it was this reality show of horror of proportions in which they would beat up on each other and move the party farther to the right. they have a big reclamation job in front of them and we'll see how that comes out. at the same time the president, who sometimes is the luckiest candidate in the world when he runs, but he had a brilliant staff putting together this campaign for him, i just came from a group of kind of high-powered businessmen, and
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they're wondering will he change? will he seize the reigns of leadership and be as good as a politician and political leader as he is as a campaigner. >> we've seen second term presidents really seize the reigns and try to perform in that way and think about their legacy and he did tell the "des moines register" he's thinking about immigration as a top priority because everything was so calla approach. ands he specially their approach to congress. it's remarkable how alienated senior democrats, democratic senior chairmen felt from the white house. >> in part because he was not a creature of washington. spent little time in the senate. he's a very reserved person as we know, more insular than he appears to be when you see him in public. he didn't have a big ramp up time. he didn't get to the white house through the senate and the kind of, you know, putting your arm around the guy across the aisle and twisting the arm and having a drink at the end of the day. he's a post-modern president as
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well as running a post-modern campaign. but now to get things done in washington, as you know, be you've got to step up and you got to spend some of the political capital that he now has. that's always that's the test of a leader. are they willing to pend the currency or just going to play it safe? a lot of people are talking to him about what he needs to do. he's reaching out to folks, asking them for their advice so we'll see. >> business community you speak to people here in new york today again. they're very suspicious and very angry. >> yeah. i don't have a lot of sympathy for them. the fact is that they have done pretty well in the last four years all things concerned and the big banks bailed out and didn't spend the money anywhere else in the country. i think new york does distort your view a little bit given the amount of money available around here and what their expectations are about what they're owed. there's a lot of that. i just came back from the great plains.
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i was out pleasant hunting in south dakota and spent time in montana and iowa and nebraska, minnesota, business is booming. people are doing well. agriculture is gone to a whole different level. >> and natural gas. >> and natural gas coming out of the shale in north dakota. that's a big piece of it, obviously. but the small cities like sioux falls and ames, iowa, it's kind of throbbing with promise and e dumb in the downturn and they have a sense of proportion. they're not overreaching constantly for whatever the next brass ring is. >> important lessons. >> right. >> thank you so much. lessons from the prairie and the great plains. >> right. >> tom brokaw. what political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next. stay with us. gecko (clearing throat) thank you, mr. speaker, uh, members of congress.
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make headlines in 24 hours? chris is back. chris, we are expecting the speaker of the house, john boehner in an hour and a half or so to talk about the fiscal cliff. which john boehner will show up? the one to make a deal or otect the flank of the tea party? >> it's a fascinating question. as soon as it ends, there is a real and looming crisis for the country. my guess is that john boehner does not sort of offer too much in the way of branches or stick too hard line. the statements the day after the election is an opening bid. i do not think after john boehner watched the president be re-elected between 300 and 332 electoral votes and democrats pick up seats in the u.s. senate and after he party lose a handful of seats in the house, i don't think he's going to go hard line and i
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don't think he's con sillatory either. >> thanks so much. it's going to be a good ride. that does it for us. tomorrow, we have virginia governor bob macdonald. hi, tamron. >> great to see you. in the next hour, the home coming you might call it. president obama ready to leave chicago and head back to washington fresh off his victory. that's happening in the next hour. conservative republican steve dice out of iowa and the cleveland plain dealer's joe frolic join me to talk about the reaction to the big win for the chris van hollen will join the news nation. will the fever be broken? his words to republicans in the house who may want to obstruct the president. plus, pot laws pass in two
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